Understanding the history of any home is not just about gathering basic details like age, square footage or the size of the lot. Those who fail to dig deeper may find themselves buying a property that is far less than ideal, leaving them on the hook for any needed repairs, costs or liens associated with the home in question. Rather than guess about a home, mobile apps are extracting loads of data to paint concrete pictures of what each property is worth and what has been done to it over the years. We will discuss four apps in particular below that help anyone interested in home maintenance or purchases know more about select properties.
This free iPhone app helps property managers, rental companies and real estate agencies collaborate and collect data about various properties, storing them in a centralised location that can be accessed by anyone with authorisation and the Asset Record application. Whether it pertains to documents, property data from local authorities or images of the interior and exterior of the home, Asset Record makes bookkeeping, home and apartment showcasing and collaboration between partners easy and hassle-free. A free account is needed to use the app and share data, but we believe an extra few minutes is more than worth the versatility you will gain with this software.
Property managers are thrilled about the Appfolio app, which can be used to track any public data on any home, apartment complex or vacant lot. Using an Android smartphone, individuals with access to Appfolio (a separate, paid property management tool) can access all records for both tenants and public properties in the area, see where tenants live and map out directions quickly, as well as create custom notes and photos to be associated with specific records within the Appfolio app. The data is then synchronised and fed to all other instances of Appfolio in use by your firm or agency.
The powerhouse in online real estate, Zillow has gained significant traction by being both free and incorporating tons of public information into the home buying and selling process. Any home listed on Zillow – this includes both homes for sale as well as homes not on the market – will display various sets of public data verifying the data listed by the seller. Whether you are in the market for a new home or simply want to get more information about your own abode, Zillow leads the charge in both data and versatility of the services provided. You can download Zillow on both iOS and Android devices.
Taking things one step further is Homesnap, an app that allows you to take a picture of any home – after which the app identifies the exact house in question and displays loads of public data for your consideration. You will be able to see how many bedrooms and bathrooms the home has, as well as the last price the home sold for and the schools in its jurisdiction. Perfect for those who are driving through neighbourhoods looking for new deals but who do not want to call a broker directly, Homesnap takes technology and uses it in a way that no other home inspection app has done thus far.